Welcome to the SPHERE Center!
The Social Policies for Health Equity Research (SPHERE) Center is led by Dr. Rita Hamad and located at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Our goal is to foster evidence-informed policymaking to achieve health equity. The SPHERE Center includes an interdisciplinary group of affiliates and trainees working to evaluate the health effects of social and economic policies.
The research conducted at the SPHERE Center helps us to understand the role of social and economic factors—like poverty, education, and structural racism—in influencing racial and socioeconomic disparities in health. We do this by conducting rigorous studies on the effects of social and economic policies on racial and socioeconomic health disparities; disseminating our findings to policymakers, key stakeholders, and the public; and supporting the training of the next generation of health equity researchers.